A legacy of caring: New scholarship launched in memory of local activist

During his lifetime, Richard (Asher) Webb exemplified the philosophy that it’s better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.

A 1986 Computer Programming graduate who’d returned to Red River College to study Business Administration when he died at the age of 49 in 2009, Webb devoted his time, talent and irresistible enthusiasm to helping others, driving social and political change, promoting the arts and nurturing a universal sense of community.

In the early 1980s, he organized Vancouver’s first hospice for HIV/AIDS patients, and after graduating from RRC, he worked as an information systems manager for the Village Clinic (now Nine Circles Community Health Centre, while helping to organize the city’s first HIV/AIDS conference.

In 1987, he was a founder of Winnipeg’s first gay pride parade, and later worked on behalf of a number of arts and advocacy groups, including the Winnipeg Fringe Festival, the Osborne Village Cultural Centre (now the Gas Station Arts Centre), the Osborne Village BIZ, and B’Nai Brith. He also campaigned for former Winnipeg mayor Glen Murray, and was a popular bartender and board member at Gio’s Club and Bar.

Recently, his family set up the Richard (Asher) Webb Social Justice Activist Memorial Award, recognizing RRC students who inspire others through efforts to further “equity, inclusion and social justice through community engagement.”

Learn more about Asher’s legacy, and the new award in his honour.